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VIDEO: Changing Horses in Midstream

by Sail Staff, Posted May 21, 2008
When Vincent Riou abandoned his Open 60, PRB, and was taken aboard Loick Peyron's Gitana Eighty, Peyron did the filming. It was probably a lot more dramatic than it looks.

You can see Peyron's video HERE

Or read a race update
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What a Drag? Readers Respond

by Sail Staff, Posted May 20, 2008
From Zack Smith, Fiorentino consultant and drogue designer:

In the May 2008 edition of "What a Drag," Kimball Livingston makes strong claims concerning the utilization of extensive Coast Guard testing in the Series Drogue Report, however these performance declarations on drogues and parachute anchors warrant further investigation

Donald Jordan, who authored the Series


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Boat Reviews

Catalina 320 MK II

by Tom Dove, Posted May 20, 2008
Catalina boats typically have long production runs, and Catalina is more likely to tweak and update a boat than to totally redesign it. After building 1,039 Catalina 320s since 1993, with few changes other than offering a shallower wing keel about halfway through the production run, the company decided it was time to bring this popular vessel solidly into the new century.The
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Boat Reviews

Shannon 53 HPS

by Bill Springer, Posted May 19, 2008
In a way, all sailboats that have an engine are hybrid-power sailers, but the Shannon 53 HPS is touted as the first motorsailer to maximize all three of these desirable elements: sailing, powering, and accommodation.

There may be motorsailer builders who disagree with that claim to be the first, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the boat is capable of


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Sails

Spar spares

by Win Fowler, Posted May 19, 2008

"Many experts recommend that cruisers carry extra shrouds and stays. To save space, I’m thinking about carrying Spectra line as a backup. Does the idea have any merit?"

 

-- Kim Barr , San Francisco, California

Win Fowler replies: In theory, Spectra or Dyneema line—both are high-modulus polyethylene—will work fine as standing rigging in terms of breaking


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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